Last year, 32 pedestrians died in built-up areas in Flanders, twice as many as in 2018, De Zondag writes. Ten of those cases in the province of Antwerp. Flemish MP Annick Lambrecht (Vooruit), who requested the figures from Minister of Mobility Lydia Peeters, calls for 30 kilometers per hour to be the norm.
In 2018, 16 pedestrians lost their lives in built-up areas, last year there were 32. Antwerp had the most victims (10), in West Flanders, Limburg and Flemish Brabant 7 people were killed, in East Flanders there was one pedestrian of life. In 2021, 22 people were killed on streets where cars can travel 50 kilometers per hour. There were 9 deaths in a zone 30 and one death in a place where it is allowed to drive 70 kilometers per hour.
“I have been arguing for some time in favor of lowering the general speed limit to 30 kilometers per hour in built-up areas. In streets with wide cycle paths, the speed limit of 50 kilometers per hour may remain. In some streets it also makes sense that you drive 50″, says Lambrecht. Her party asks to make 30 kilometers per hour the rule and 50 kilometers per hour the exception, where it is safe to do so.